We took advantage of a Groupon deal on our trip throughout the North Coast of New South Wales. We were also very curious about Artisans on the Hill and their business model. From our perspective, it worked very well for us. The added bonus of being a short distance from Taree in the green hinterland was actually better than I even thought it could be. Artisans on the Hill is located near the town of Tinonee and overlooks Taree from the cafe. This complex is the home of hosts Christine and Peter, with adjoining private accommodation of three suites. One is self contained with ensuite, while the other two access a shared bathroom. There is also a common area providing access to a kitchenette with fridge, tea and coffee etc. A spacious workshop area is located behind the accommodation buildings and that’s where the passion is unleashed in a huge range of classes taught by Christine and Peter and other guest artisans. Peter and Christine are very welcoming and friendly and we felt ‘at home’ very quickly, which is just as well as the couple also invite you to share their living space (common area) which is a cafe by day and their living room at night. While this certainly is a little unusual, it actually works very well and on one particular night we met a number of artisans, elating after one of the workshops, who all had very interesting stories. The rooms don’t have their own TV’s, but the main living area has a flat screen for your viewing pleasure. While on technology, they have an awesome Wi Fi connection - best we’ve found on our North Coast holiday so far - never let us down once.
We stayed in the Huon suite and it was well presented spotlessly clean and very comfortable. The suite even has a vibrating bed which was initially quite novel.
My travelling companion even took up the option of taking some instruction in working with Precious Metal Clay.
Staying here, you could very easily get used to chilling out and doing your own thing or just do nothing but relax. We stayed two nights, but that is not enough if you want to explore the area called the Manning River Valley.
Others reviewers have positively commented on the cafe and if you wish, you can even have an evening meal with your hosts for a modest surcharge. Otherwise you will need to head towards Taree for dinner. That’s about a twelve minute drive, so the convenience of ‘dining in’ may really suit. We weren’t sure about how it would play out Staying at Artisans, but very glad we did on so many levels. Go on Artisans website to see what you could do while you’re there. A great ‘de-stress’ destination.
If you’re in the area and not staying at Artisans, visit the cafe and Gallery. There are some very good pieces representing the work of local artisans.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Artisans ...on the Hill is Completely Different! Five spacious, air-conditioned rooms, with four bathrooms. Fully self-contained accommodation or catered meals available. Amazing Gallery with pieces from some of Australia's best artisans. Relaxing Coffee Lounge to enjoy home cooked delights while taking in the expansive views of the Manning Valley. Large, purpose built workshop where we will teach you to make your own masterpieces in wood, glass, wax and even pure silver, or for your use! Add to this unique architecture, rural atmosphere, engaging hosts and easy access to the wonders of the Manning Valley - why would you not spend some time at Artisans ...on the Hill! ... more less